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Path of History

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Address: Monterey, CA

Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown...

Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown Monterey.

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Great way to see the old town and some

This walk was recommended by the Information Centre staff and at 1st glance was "well it will fit in an hour or so". How wrong were we? The yellow dotted path takes you around... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This walk was recommended by the Information Centre staff and at 1st glance was "well it will fit in an hour or so". How wrong were we? The yellow dotted path takes you around historic sites and buildings - all with a story to tell. Includes free admission into the museums so was a welcome bonus. We loved it, and... More 

Thank Holi-Ray
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Kudos to the city of Monterey for conserving these beautiful old Hispanic style buildings! The tour is easy, the buildings are well marked and have good information about their historical importance. Stopped for tea and pastries at a wonderful French bakery - Parker-Lusseau.

1 Thank VerdeRosa
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Get up early, begin the tour. Stop by the Old Monterey Cafe for breakfast. Be sure to have the camera ready as some of the architecture is just beautiful. With the climate in Monterey, this is a comfortable and enjoyable tour to take at a leisurely pace.

Thank Hubbynfather
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

An excellent walk around Monetery to see some of the surviving buildings in the original Spanish and early American settlements. Lots of information too.

Thank IanSevenoaks
Hollister, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

After being surprised that the former Maritime Museum is now devoted to a permanent exhibit on the works of Salvador Dali, we chose to explore the Path of History, walking across the plaza. I had lead students on it quite a few years back. I think the garden pary (thanks, Garden League) is beautiful but wish I had refreshed my... More 

Thank Renee002
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

There is a big map on the wall of the hotel's buildings that lays out the route. Many historic buildings line the path. It takes a little time to make the route complete, probably a little line the "Freedom Trail" in Boston (but western style).

1 Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Great way to learn about the history of the area. Start at Custom House building and the Pacific House Museum in Custom House Plaza by Fisherman's Wharf. Volunteer docents inside will explain the rise in importance of Monterey as a hub of trade on the West Coast. Be sure to explore the small garden areas behind the first brick house... More 

1 Thank Queen J
Las Vegas
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

We throughly enjoyed the path of history. Wonderful old buildings have been preserved and show the beginning of Monterey and its development in the early days.

Thank philipc262
Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Tried the cellphone tour this time. Nice but even better if the locations are open. Sadly all were closed by 3pm that day we walked.

2 Thank pinklady2013
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

This historic area is nice for a stroll if you're interested in history, or even if you're not all that interested in it. My friends and I enjoyed it and would recommend it, especially if you're not familiar with Monterrey.

2 Thank QuickWhitTravel

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